Health and fitness: Unsightly cellulite reduced by exercise

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By Kent Pegg

Cellulite. If you have it you hate it and if you don’t have it you fear it.

Despite the fact that cellulite is just plain ordinary fat, its distinctive appearance draws attention and causes frustration for those who have it.

Cellulite gets its unique appearance from the pattern of the connective tissue that separates the fat cells into the areas that hold them. While genetics play an important part in the presence or absence of cellulite, sex is generally the major determining factor.

Men tend to have horizontal or crossed patterns of connective tissue that does not produce the appearance of cellulite. Women, however, often have honeycomb patterns that allow the fat to protrude outward, giving that dimpled, cottage cheese look.

If you have cellulite, there’s good news and bad news.

First the bad news: there are no quick fixes for cellulite. Creams and lotions cannot penetrate into and dissolve the fat cells that are causing the problem.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the wraps and treatments that seem so effective are short-lived. They simply compress the fat cells temporarily and the look returns in about a day. As for liposuction, while fat cells can be removed, the appearance of fat can’t be changed.

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